This article is from the Textile Related Books FAQ, by Lara J. Fabans firstname.lastname@example.org with numerous contributions by others.
by Nancy Zieman. (list price $5.95)
[email@example.com (Carolyn Peterson)]
This book is written for the teenager and pre-teens. It starts out with a
reasonable supply list (IMO), explains the parts of a sewing machine and a
serger, covers some information about information on patterns and some
information about selecting fabrics. The fabric information isn't extremely
detailed, but has very basic information for a beginner.
One odd point was the book jumping into how to lengthen and shorten patterns,
with little or no other fitting information. The cutting and marking
information is good, but I did feel *old* when I noticed tailor tacks weren't
on the list of marking methods!
I thought the sections on seaming, finishing seams and pressing were well
done. It covered facings, casings, hemming, darts, gathering, a wrapped
corner collar, zippers, tips for knits, closures, setting in sleeves and
putting in waistbands.
The book uses new sewing gadgets and techniques, to make things easier instead
of insisting you learn the old, hard way first. Example: for hemming, it
suggests you may want to machine stitch or fuse the hem on the first project.